Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard today asked a judge to delay his trial on ethics charges until the fall, after the abrupt resignation of his lead attorney from the case. Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges. He's accused of using his position as speaker and his former post as Republican Party chairman to benefit his clients and businesses by soliciting investments and clients and lobbying the governor's office. He has maintained he is innocent and that the transactions were legal. Hubbard is now scheduled to go to trial on March 28, which would require Hubbard to miss parts of the upcoming legislative session that begins in February.